The Reds will battle Borussia Dortmund for the signature of Salomon Rondon…
Liverpool face a fight for the signature of Rubin Kazan’s Venezuelan forward Salomon Rondon, according to The Express.
The 23-year-old has scored 15 goals in all competitions for the Russian side since his arrival from Malaga last summer. He has come under Brendan Rodgers’ radar as he looks to strengthen the final third of the pitch.
Borussia Dortmund, however, want to make early contingency plans for when Robert Lewandowski eventually joins Bayern Munich next season. They are wiling to pay the £8.7m fee that Rubin spent on the forward from Malaga, so that the powerful striker has time to settle this season as an understudy to Lewandowski.
Dortmund, of course, won the race to sign Liverpool’s major summer transfer target Henrikh Mkihitaryan for £25m, who has already scored three goals during pre-season for the Germans. The Reds would be determined not to lose out on another player to the Champions League finalists, although fans will be reassured they’re competing for signings with a club that has enjoyed so much recent success.
Rondon is strong in the air, and uses his powerful frame to the lead the line effectively. He is technically gifted though, and prefers to plays flicks and short passes than hold the ball up. This could suit Rodgers’ fluid style, as the Northern Irish manager looks to complement, (or possibly replace) star player Luis Suarez at the top end of the field.